Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore state controlled newspaper, or propaganda sheet, the Straits Times online edition of Dec 18, 2010 has the story "More people going nude". It says the number of people going naked in public there has increased, a phenomenon most improbable for a strait laced island where even Playboy is banned.
The report says on Sunday an unidentified man in his 20s, went to MacDonald's in Queensway naked. On Thursday, a tattooed man sat on a pavement in Ang Mo Kio for several hours before being arrested.
In another report in this paper of Dec 17, 2010 titled "Woman arrested for boarding bus in the buff", a 50 year old woman fully dressed, at a bus stop, quietly took off all her clothes, baring all, and carefully put them in her basket before boarding Bus 22 naked! Given her age of 50 years, one may say there is nothing very much to see, but still quite an acheivement, surely.
I would not blame anyone accusing me of being some sort of an exhibitionist from the title of this post, but I can assure you I am not.
Nevertheless I think it is a step in the right direction because I don't think the nudity is because they have suddenly become ultra liberals or sun worshippers, rather I think the reasons lie elsewhere; perhaps a protest of sorts against the repression they live under Lee Kuan Yew's one party Stalinist state.
Though I may be completely wrong, the reason I think is this. Singaporeans know they are living under a dictatorship pure and simple, with no free press, no independent judiciary, with no right to free speech or expression, or the right to peacefully assemble. In other words they know they have no rights at all.
While they want to protest these injustices, they dare not, because to do it in Singapore is nothing short of suicidal, resulting in dismissal from jobs (take Dr. Chee Soon Juan's case of dismissal from professorship), demotion in careers, and life long persecution at the hands of this merciless octogenarian. So instead of protesting against human rights denials, they instead do it indirectly, through public nudity, which they know does not result in the painful punishments they would otherwise suffer.
Deliberately going out in public naked, I think, is a form of protest against the government's excesses and repression. And if my thinking is correct on this, it should be welcome because protesting this way, would very probably lead to the real thing, protesting openly for their rights, with their clothes on this time. That I hope is the case here.
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